SUPPLY — It is with great sorrow the family of Donald Madison “Don” Blake, 80, announces his unexpected passing Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Don was born Oct. 13, 1940, in Henderson, Kentucky, to the late Monroe Lee Blake and Essie Erma Wilkerson, along with nine siblings.
Don spent 29 of his 80 years of life serving his country as a member of the U.S. Army. During his service, he and his family were stationed across the United States as well as overseas locations. Don finished his career as the operations sergeant major of 5th Special forces Group stationed at Fort Bragg. During his military career, he served two combat tours of duty in South Vietnam.
Don is survived by his wife, Linda Lee Blake; children, Donald Keith Blake, Lisa Renee Mesa, Timothy Scott Blake, Shannon Denise Burchfield, Melissa Sasser Hart and Allen Dewayne Sasser; siblings, Richard Monroe Blake, Jerry Wayne Blake, Margie Louise Watson and Nadine Schwallier; and 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Lou White Memorial Chapel of White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Drive, Shallotte. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, with full military honors. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Don loved animals, and the family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Paws Place, P.O. Box 67, Winnabow, NC 28479.
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